Ross Goeringer Ross

First post: Jun 23, 2022 Latest post: Jan 28, 2024
Thanks for taking the time to visit my site! While some visitors will already know where we're headed, I'd like to be able to better serve those who would like to know more, as well as provide a place that makes it easier for me to respond to new folks reaching out, as there seem to be more every other day ;) Some may like to hear the details and if so, please do read on - my cancer story thus far.

In mid-May of this year, I was admitted to the hospital due to  some discomfort I was experiencing.  Starting in April, I began to recognize that walks, hikes, and other physical activity I normally take for granted had begun to bring me to the edge of exhaustion or breathlessness. These symptoms gradually got worse.  Climbing stairs or even moderate inclines became a chore. I set up a couple of tests through my doctor by the second week of April, but it wouldn't be until an echo (ultrasound) on May 18 revealed a concerning buildup of fluid around my heart and right lung. A CT scan was promptly ordered for the next day,  and what they saw sent me straight to the Paoli Hospital ER.

As it turned out, there was a significant amount of fluid surrounding my right lung, partially compressing and severely limiting its functionality. There was also a large mass shown in my chest, centrally located and of unidentified nature. The assumption was that this mass was responsible for much of what was going on with the lung. Procedures were conducted to remove the fluid and try to repair the lung.  Additional tests and biopsy soon pointed toward a form of Leukemia.  As they were better equipped to contend with this head scratcher, I was immediately transferred to UPENN's cancer hospital in Philadelphia. I have remained under the PENN system since.

It took another week and a half at UPenn before the team of doctors could say with some certainly that my case is a form of Myeloid Sarcoma, a less common form of Acute Myeloid Leukemia. I was subsequently treated with an induction phase of chemotherapy and am now in the stages of recovery from that treatment. Once my cells have recovered I will be able to leave the hospital and reap a few weeks of relative freedom, however there is still much more treatment to come in the following months.

The treatments I have undergone have been rollercoasters, both emotionally and physically, and they time spent here  could easily bring one to the edge of sanity (ok, perhaps that's a little dramatic!). Thank you so much to everyone who has provided support thus far. I appreciate each one of you for taking the time to read this. Please do not feel compelled or obligated to do anything other than to treat me as you always have - as a cancer free individual ;) That's a life better lived.

More to come, in due time. This is a long journey.